Detroit presidential candidate forum canceled

BY: - October 14, 2019

A presidential candidate forum scheduled to be held in Detroit this weekend has been canceled. Only candidates who consistently polled at 5% or higher were to be invited to the forum, which was announced  in May by Michigan United and 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed. This rule would be the death of the forum, […]

Michigan snags 2020 general election presidential debate

BY: - October 11, 2019

Updated, 1:04 p.m. 10/11/19 with comments from Mark Schlissel and Debbie Dingell. Three presidential debates will be held in 2020 — and one will be in Michigan. The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates announced Friday the dates and locations of three general election presidential debates and one vice presidential debate. The second forum on Thursday, […]

Clinton on impeachment: ‘It’s a solemn, sad moment for our country’

BY: - October 10, 2019

Former first lady, U.S. senator, secretary of state, and 2016 Democratic nominee for president Hillary Clinton had a dark message on Thursday about the state of domestic and international affairs for students at the University of Michigan. Clinton said she supports the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, who she faced in the last presidential […]

Shane Hernandez launches congressional bid to replace retiring Mitchell

BY: - October 10, 2019

State Rep. Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron) announced Thursday morning that he’s running for the U.S. House in the 10th District, encompassing much of northern Macomb County and the Thumb area.  The seat is being vacated by U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Dryden) after just his second term in Congress. Mitchell has decried the current state of […]


Planned Parenthood spending $45M in key 2020 states, including Michigan

BY: - October 10, 2019

Planned Parenthood Votes and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan this week announced the launch of a $45 million program for the 2020 election in battleground states, including Michigan. The reproductive rights organization said this is its largest-ever electoral program. It will focus on electing abortion rights candidates up and down the ballot and opposing the […]

Bipartisan Senate report urges Trump admin to combat 2020 election interference

BY: - October 8, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a report Tuesday calling on the Trump administration to take steps to combat foreign interference in the 2020 U.S. elections.  The bipartisan recommendation was part of the committee’s new report detailing Russia’s attempts to use social media to sway the 2016 presidential election.  The warning […]

Peters talks 2020, Trump impeachment before visiting UAW strikers

BY: - October 1, 2019

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) made appearances in Lansing Tuesday morning, which included a question and answer session with the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce at a local brewery before a visit with striking General Motors workers on the picket line. The Advance spoke with Peters after fielding questions on a variety of issues […]

Rep. Mitchell: ‘Impeachment is not an alternative to elections’

BY: - September 30, 2019

Retiring U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Dryden) still doesn’t back impeachment hearings. On Sunday, he posted on Facebook an editorial opposing the process against President Donald Trump from the conservative Pittsburgh Post-Gazette titled, “Trust the process; trust the people.” https://www.facebook.com/reppaulmitchell/posts/681158682382095?__xts__[0]=68.ARCP8uTSCLsxSxBtbchoiU_PMB6OHgFHRq2KTxcsJLXg4uN4OZxGzLy9hBMS6ePTlg0bGKbVbnKWTr9mM5JoJ-enIeIV4GnQBg3dZpDLiTUV6XOMewdMTKuk71mdBHzBPoxbiumdjUBUPRxnbh1nuYVeewthj_oYcrN7ZXpXVJczPVLZJz7W1Mu2pvjaLLN8blNlXeWyy7qPzTp7U-qs-JsC3Ao7BYvwYX_sUHT1sDfJnrGpJT3GWN2mwGwiqDhu91z0Urxan7SryvFMBkhV2-mKpYhRzuE4_d2TLyfALCpQnt84TlAturyu_vzJ4d_fzX_d2RHIadZWwCnNO389iPU&__tn__=-R The editorial doesn’t debate the merits of probing Trump for asking the Ukrainian government to investigate […]

Warren, Klobuchar on same page on unions, impeachment at Michigan UFCW forum

BY: - September 29, 2019

Democratic presidential candidates U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) touted unions as a key part of their strategy to win the White House and implement economic policies beneficial to working class people during a forum with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) in Madison Heights. “We got lost in […]


Susan J. Demas: Infighting, money woes could hurt 2020 progressive change at the ballot box

BY: - September 29, 2019

Last year was a banner year for progressive ballot proposals in Michigan, with measures legalizing marijuana, going after gerrymandering and expanding voting rights all passing easily. And you know it was successful, because the GOP-controlled Legislature promptly clamped down on the process with a Lame Duck law, which a judge last week partly struck down. […]

Sanders in Detroit: GM treats ‘workers like crap’

BY: - September 25, 2019

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-V.t.), a Democratic presidential candidate, came to General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant with a message of support for striking United Auto Workers (UAW) members. “I’m here today to thank you for having the courage to stand up to corporate greed,” Sanders said. “All over this country, working people are sick and […]

Trump in Grand Rapids

Susan J. Demas: Michigan was the key to Trump’s 2016 victory. Now every House Democrat here backs impeachment hearings.

BY: - September 24, 2019

To say that Michigan Democrats were gun shy after Donald Trump’s 2016 upset here is an understatement. After Trump became the first Republican to win Michigan since 1988, albeit by 10,704 votes, the conventional wisdom was that the GOP would romp here in 2018, keeping the governorship and probably knocking out longtime U.S. Sen. Debbie […]